17-Sep-2013 Source: HeliHub.com
Starlite Aviation – the Irish (or is it South African?) operator continues expanding. In the last fortnight they have taken delivery of two Eurocopter AS332L Super Pumas on lease from Vector Aerospace for operation in Afghanistan.
The leased in Super Pumas have recently been refurbished and fitted with the latest generation of avionics equipment and dual GPS systems. Starlite have taken possession of these helicopters and they were recently loaded into an AN124 and bound for their first contract in the Middle East. The work-up to receive these aircraft has been a long process and achieved with the assistance of Eurocopter courses for pilots and engineers alike.
The two aircraft involved are N215VA (serial 2154) and N216VA (2161). Both aircraft were previously operated by Bristow Helicopters on the North Sea as G-BLXR and G-BMCW respectively.
The aircraft are part of Vector Aerospace Financial Services (VFS)’s Eurocopter AS332L aircraft leasing and by the hour support program. This new service offering sees Vector acquire and upgrade aircraft with new technology including cockpit upgrades, NVG and CV/FDR solutions and weight reduction programs. Vector’s lease program gives operators the ability to operate an AS332L helicopter without the large capital investment associated with the outright purchase of a new aircraft and with the full support of a by the hour utilization program. “The upgraded AS332L combined with the full support package is ideal for operators serving the UN, Nato and Utility markets around the world,” says Balkiz Sarihan, Vector’s VP of Business Development and Strategy.